Press Releases

07.21.10

Twelve Senators Outline Principles for Comprehensive Climate and Energy Legislation to Majority Leader Reid

Washington, DC - A group of twelve Senators today detailed key principles they will work to include in energy and climate legislation expected to be considered in the coming weeks. In a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senators urged him to include these baseline principles in legislation he may bring to the floor. The letter was signed by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jack Reed (D-RI), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ… Continue Reading


07.20.10

Remarks of Sheldon Whitehouse; Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting on the Nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General for Rhode Island, gave the following statement during today's hearing to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. --------------------------------------- Thank you, Chairman Leahy. Thank you particularly for your leadership of this Committee through this confirmation process. I am proud to vote in su… Continue Reading


07.20.10

Whitehouse Praises Critical Senate Vote on Unemployment Extension

Washington, DC - With millions of Americans still struggling to find work in this difficult economy, the U.S. Senate today took action to assist those in need by extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits through November 30. According to the Department of Labor, around 6,000 Rhode Islanders have lost their unemployment benefits since Republicans began blocking the extension in May. Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement regarding the cloture vote… Continue Reading


07.15.10

Whitehouse Applauds Passage of Wall Street Reform Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today issued the following statement regarding the Senate's approval of Wall Street reform legislation: "Today's passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform legislation is a significant step that will make Rhode Island families safer from the dangerous and reckless Wall Street speculation that drove our economy into recession. The passage of this landmark bill marks the official end of a foolhardy period of financial deregulation that left too … Continue Reading


07.15.10

Sheldon Discusses Recess Appointment of Dr. Berwick

Mr. President, I heard that some of my colleagues on the other side were here earlier engaged in a colloquy of condemnation of the appointment of Dr. Berwick to run CMS. I wanted to come back and respond because I think this body is making a mistake and is taking a very wrong path by attacking and criticizing this particular nominee. To provide just a moment of context to his appointment, when I was here yesterday I had a graph that showed that in 1955, the year that I was born, we spent about … Continue Reading


07.14.10

Congressional Delegation Announces Over $1.5 Million in Federal Funding to Support Local Law Enforcement Efforts

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's congressional delegation today announced that more than $1.5 million in federal funding has been awarded to Rhode Island's law enforcement community to enhance compensation programs for crime victims, improve the juvenile justice system, and support efforts to crack down on internet crimes against children. "This much-needed funding will help ensure that victims of crimes receive meaningful compensation, that our young Rhode Islanders are protected from the dange… Continue Reading


07.13.10

Whitehouse Applauds Administration’s Rule on Meaningful Use for Health Information Technology

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by the Obama Administration of a new rule guiding the "meaningful use" of health information technology (HIT): "In last year's Recovery Act, President Obama and this Congress made a historic investment in health information technology. This investment will save lives, improve quality of care, and reap significant savings by increasing efficiency. The rule unveiled today by… Continue Reading


07.08.10

Whitehouse Announces Landmark Legislation to Protect Oceans and Coastal Areas

Providence, RI - Over the last few months the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has demonstrated the fragility of the world's oceans and the extent to which America's economy relies on their continued well-being. Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined Rhode Island environmental leaders at Save The Bay headquarters in Providence to announce new legislation that would establish a "National Endowment for the Oceans." Much like the National Endowments for the Arts, which was established by Rhode … Continue Reading


07.02.10

Cyber Task Force Completes Threat Assessment

Washington, DC - Last December the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence established a Cyber Task Force to evaluate cyber threats to the United States and report its findings to the full Committee. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) chaired the bipartisan task force, and Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) joined him as Task Force members. The task force completed its work on schedule and yesterday delivered a classified Final Report to the Intelligence Committe… Continue Reading


06.30.10

EPW Committee Approves Re-Authorization of Estuary Program Introduced by Senator Whitehouse

Washington, DC - The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today approved Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's legislation to re-authorize the National Estuary Program, which was first established in 1987 by Senator John Chafee to protect and restore estuarine habitats threatened by pollution and overdevelopment. Authorization for this important program expired last year, compromising the protection programs in place for estuaries of national significance, including the Narragansett Bay. The le… Continue Reading


06.30.10

Hearing Held on Whitehouse Affordable Green Housing Proposal

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) testified at a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development about legislation he introduced to promote home energy efficiency. The Energy Efficiency in Housing Act of 2009 (EEHA), cosponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), would help consumers save money on home e… Continue Reading


06.29.10

New England Tech to Receive Nearly $3 Million in Federal Funding for Health Information Technology

Washington, DC - The Rhode Island congressional delegation today announced that the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, RI will receive a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for a workforce training program that will enhance the state's effort to implement electronic health records. The funds, part of U.S. DOL's Community-Based Job Training Grant Program, will help develop a 36-month electronic medical records training program aimed at upgrading the technical skills … Continue Reading


06.29.10

Reed and Whitehouse Join America’s Cup Team in Meeting with President Obama

Washington, DC - Today, following a meeting at the White House with President Obama and the America's Cup winning BMW Oracle team, which U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse helped facilitate, the Senators released the following statement: "Rhode Island has a rich history with the America's Cup. It was a special honor today to join President Obama in congratulating Larry Ellison and his team on their victory, and help remind them of that history. We are pleased the oldest active tro… Continue Reading


06.28.10

Whitehouse Statement on Passing of Senator Byrd

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement today regarding the passing of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV): "Over his 57 years in Congress Senator Byrd became a towering figure in his native West Virginia and the Senate itself. He will be missed, but his mark will be indelible." ###… Continue Reading


06.25.10

Sens. Lautenberg, Snowe, Whitehouse, Cantwell Introduce Coastal Jobs Creation Act of 2010

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have introduced the Coastal Jobs Creation Act of 2010, a bill to establish a grant program within the Department of Commerce to enhance employment opportunities for coastal communities by increasing support for cooperative research and fishery observer programs, revitalization of coastal infrastructure, and stewardship of coastal and marine resources. The bill w… Continue Reading


06.23.10

Whitehouse Urges Senate to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse yesterday joined several Democratic colleagues on the Senate floor to call for an extension of Unemployment Insurance for the millions of Americans still struggling to find work. The Senator shared stories he has heard from Rhode Islanders who lost their jobs during the recession and have yet to recover, and called on Republicans to stop blocking the extension of this important benefit. "We have 71,000 people unemployed in my little State of Rho… Continue Reading


06.17.10

Whitehouse Slams Corporate Influence at MMS, Proposes Legislation to Defend Integrity of Government

Washington, D.C. - Citing lax oversight and the inappropriate influence of corporate interests over the Minerals Management Service (MMS), U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke on the Senate floor today to propose a path to restore the integrity of "captured" government agencies. "We can no longer wait for more catastrophes to root out improper corporate influence in our government, we have to at long last address the problem of insidious regulatory capture," Whitehouse said. The Senator… Continue Reading


06.15.10

Whitehouse Statement on Selection of New MMS Head

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement regarding President Obama's selection of Michael Bromwich to take over as the new head of the Minerals Management Service (MMS), the agency which oversees offshore oil drilling: "As we continue to watch the daily flow of thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, our nation has also been exposed to the sad fact that the Minerals Management Service has, over the years, become subservient to the in… Continue Reading


06.14.10

Whitehouse Highlights Medicare “Doughnut Hole” Fix in Visit with Pawtucket Seniors

Pawtucket, RI - Since the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan went into effect in January 2006, seniors and people with disabilities in Rhode Island have too often been victimized by the "doughnut hole," a gap in Part D coverage which exposes patients to the full cost of prescription drugs. Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse brought good news to seniors at Pawtucket's Leon Mathieu Senior Center: the health care reform legislation passed this year will completely close the doughnut hole by… Continue Reading


06.14.10

RI Delegation Applauds CRMC Executive Director, Grover Fugate, on NOAA’s Susan Snow-Cotter Award

Washington, D.C. - Rhode Island's congressional delegation today applauded Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) Executive Director Grover J. Fugate, who was honored last week with The Susan Snow-Cotter Award for Excellence in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Open to those working on state coastal management programs, national estuarine research reserves, and national marine sanctuaries, the award is presen… Continue Reading

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